Manchester City's Pep Guardiola: "We have to try to improve".


"My family and I were fortunate enough to travel across seven states, driving over 2,000 miles, following Manchester City on tour (in America) this summer and we had the most fantastic time".

"I want to continue with what we did in the last three games of pre-season", said Guardiola.

That was as much of a test as City's backline got, and they never looked in serious danger of suffering an opening weekend upset in the manner of some of their title rivals. The visitors do have some outstanding fire-power, however, who may prove too hot to contain.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was relieved to see his side overcome promoted Brighton after their Premier League rivals slipped up earlier in the day.

The trip to the coast will be start to what is expected to be a season of pressure for Manchester City, as they head to the AMEX Stadium with many of people expecting the Citizens to begin their title charge tonight.

Manchester City will travel to Brighton at 16:30GMT.

"We can take a lot of positives from the game".

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City were not always at their brilliant, fluent best, but with a flurry of goals, thrills and surprises around the grounds on matchweek one, a regulation road win was just the tonic for the travelling fans. "We're raring to go".

Sergio Aguero finally smashed City into the lead before they added a second when Brighton defender Lewis Dunk headed into his own net.

"We have to learn to attack better if teams play in that way, the big teams have to handle those situations".

Back in England's top division for the first time in 34 years, the Seagulls spent most of the game on the back foot, content to concede possession and setting up a compact defensive unit deep in their own half.

In midfield the dominance of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva was overwhelming and it was only in the closing stages that Guardiola gave a debut to Bernardo Silva, another man who could probably have run the game if needed.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he is looking for new players but, as Chelsea and Leicester showed in the past two campaigns, there are benefits to having a consistent line-up.